Rugby league has a funny way of balancing itself.
The Dragons and Raiders have now beaten each other in “same” controversial fashion this season.
With Canberra leading 24-22 on Sunday afternoon, St George’s Illawarra winger Matt Fegay scampered 70 meters with just 10 seconds left in the game.
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Corey Harawira-Naera tackled Feagai 15 meters from the Raiders line as time ran out.
Brenton Speed said on Fox League: “They were told to stand up, it was a penalty, but the referee (Adam Gee) said, ‘Oh, it’s the same.'”
“Round 16 in reverse again. The Dragons are wondering ‘where’s our penalty’ the Raiders haven’t got in at Wolverines but Adam G says that’s full time and the Canberra season is still alive and the Dragons are done.
In July, the Raiders were robbed of a chance to score a penalty to send their clash with the Dragons to a golden point.
Canberra had the ball in front of the goalkeepers on their fifth tackle as Ben Hunt and Jack Bird deliberately slowed the ball down.
The Raiders were awarded six before Hunt was charged out of the market for tackle half Tom Starling – a play NRL head of football Graham Annesley later admitted should have been penalised.
Annesley said he could be penalized leading up to the fifth tackle for flops and offside calls.
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The scenes were reversed on Sunday afternoon as Dragons coach Anthony Griffin looked on in disbelief.
“At least he should have been punished for a professional foul,” Breit Anasta said on Fox League.
“There was only one last shout from (Harawira-Naira) because the clock was running down as Fegai was struggling … but it was a little shot,” Greg Alexander said.
At the same time, it is surprising that both teams can win games.